I had a bit of luck, running into the Queensland Symphony Orchestra out on Brisbane’s Southbank, staging a Flash Mob.
I love spontaneous arts happenings, and there are some great YouTube clips of Flash Mob groups popping up in public places and dancing or bursting into song. It only works when the standard of performance is unexpectedly high.
No problems there with this orchestra, who were celebrating their move this week into a new building by flash-mobbing with Ravel’s Bolero for the passing tourists, cyclists, joggers and dog walkers.
The Flash Mob was far from spontaneous from the performers’ point of view. It’s hard to hide a double bass or a timpani and suddenly pull it out of your pocket and start busking. So we knew something was up and gathered expectantly around the musicians as they set up.
The accompanying ABC camera crew was getting them to do several takes and begging the mob, self included, to hang around for some ‘cut away to the delighted audience’ shots.
‘It’s too warm for our good instruments out here,’ a viola player told me between takes. ‘We recorded the music a couple of days ago, so a lot of us are using our teaching instruments for the filming.’
The music sounded fine to me, and I was happy to stay to try to catch some decent photos.
I’ll be looking out for the Flash Mob on YouTube. And I’ll be disappointed if I’m not there myself as an enthusiastic member of the mob.
Here’s the event on YouTube: